Published on Tuesday, October 8, 2019

350 baggage handler jobs at risk following Thomas Cook failure

Over 350 jobs at baggage handler Aviator are at risk as a direct result of the Thomas Cook failure, the company has warned.

The Swedish firm said it was ceasing operations at Manchester Airport following the collapse of Thomas Cook, Sky News reports.

Aviator said Thomas Cook accounted for 70% of its work at the airport and it can no longer operate as a viable business now the travel giant has ceased trading.

Aviator said the decision was 'another unfortunate outcome stemming from Thomas Cook's recent liquidation' and that its last day of operations in Manchester would be on 22 October.

Sky reported the company said: "Thomas Cook was our largest customer, accounted for approximately 70% of our service in Manchester and despite our efforts over the last two weeks we have concluded that we cannot operate as a viable business supporting our only remaining customers," the company said.

"We are not the only business to be affected negatively by the Thomas Cook situation.

"This is an unfortunate circumstance that we deeply regret."

The company said it was seeking to transfer as many workers as possible to other ground services operators and airlines at the airport.

Unite national officer Oliver Richardson said: "The scale of additional job losses in the supply chain will significantly add to the number of losses in the airline itself."

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